Manchester City are in the dark over Vincent Kompany's possible plans to retire from international football next year.

City in the dark over Kompany

City in the dark over Kompany

The Etihad skipper has recently hinted he could bring down the curtain on his Belgium career after the World Cup Finals in Russia, in a bid to now prolong his playing time at club level.

Kompany's well-documented injury issues are still a major bone of contention for City boss Pep Guardiola, who is believed to be running out of patience and may be contemplating buying a long-term replacement for the 31-year-old.

The central defender has been missing since last month for City, after injuring his calf playing for his country against Gibraltar, further adding to Guardiola's repeated frustrations.

Kompany was granted permission to join up with Roberto Martinez's squad ahead of today's World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Tuesday's home clash with Cyprus, on the understanding he won't be risked.

City insiders, however, insist Kompany is under no pressure to quit playing for Belgium and their talisman is yet to sit down and inform them what his definitive plans are.

Kompany has less than two years remaining on his present City deal and club sources feel his recent comments were possibly to show Guardiola how committed he is to staying around under his stewardship.